KAWAGIB - Moro Human Rights
condemns terrorism in Mindanao,
holds candlelighting activity for the bombing victims
 

Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City

August 10, 2013

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“Candle Lighting Prayer to the victims and survivors of the Cotabato bombing on August 10, 2013 at 6:00 in the evening on Sinsuat Avenue fronting Villa Funeral (bombing site) in support to their families in praying, crying and asserting for justice. -- KAWAGIB
 

   
 
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ITIGIL ANG TERORISMO SA MINDANAO!

Ang nangyaring sunod-sunod na pagpapasabog ng bomba sa Mindanao ay lubos na nakakagalit sa sambayanang Moro at Kristiyano dahil sa malinaw na kawalang-pagpapahalaga sa buhay ng mga sibilyan, maging ng mga inosenteng bata. Walang kaduda-duda, ang layunin ng mga pagpapasabog na ito ay para maghasik ng takot sa mga mamamayan na patuloy na nanawagan ng tunay na kapayapaan sa Mindanao.

Sa pagsabog na nangyari noong Hulyo 27 sa Limketkai Center sa Cagayan de Oro City, walong sibilyan ang patay at 37 ang sugatan. Sa bomba na pinasabog sa Cotabato City noong Agosto 05, walo ang patay at 40 ang sugatan. Isa pang bomba ang sumabag sa munisipyo ng Midsayap noong Agosto 07.

Dahil sa mga pagsabog na ito, ilampung katao na naman ang nadagdag sa listahan ng mga biktima ng terorismo at kawalang-hustisya sa ilalim ng panunungkulan ng rehimeng US-Aquino. Sa halip na tugisin at panagutin ang totoong may-sala sa ganitong mga kaso at mabilis na mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima, batid ng mamamayang Moro na muli na naman silang ituturo na nagkakanlong ng mga terorista at muli na namang paiigtingin ang militarisasyon sa kanilang mga komunidad.

Mariing kinukundena ng KAWAGIB- Moro Human Rights ang patuloy na terorismo sa Mindanao sa harap ng ipinapangako ni PNoy na kapayapaan na makakamit bago matapos ang kanyang termino bilang pangulo. Nananawagan ang KAWAGIB sa lahat ng mamamayan sa Mindanao, Moro at Kristiyano, na maging mapagbantay sa maaaring iba pang plano ng terrorismo na isasagawa sa rehiyon. Hinihikayat ang lahat na magkaisa sa harap ng pagtatangka na maghasik ng takot at kalituhan sa mga mamamayan ng Mindanao at sa buong bansa.

Itigil na ang terorismo sa Mindanao!

Hustisya para sa lahat ng biktima ng terorismo!

Itigil ang militarisasyon sa mga komunidad!

 

     
           
     
     
     

 

News Release
August 8, 2013
Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate (09177174014)

Mindanao Lawmaker Condemns Series of Bombings in Mindanao, Calls for a Truth Commission

Says he may move for a zero budget for the DND in budget hearings

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate strongly condemns the series of bombings that rocked Mindanao the past two weeks and calls for a thorough investigation through a citizen-led truth commission.
 

The wave of bombings that happened in Mindanao has killed more than 15 innocent civilians and wounded several others.
 

The July 26 Cagayan de Oro City blasts killed eight (8) people and wounded 30 more civilians. Authorities recently filed charges against six (6) suspects who are allegedly members of Khilafa Islamiyah Mindanao, an unknown group with supposed links to the al-Qaeda.
 

The bomb that exploded in Cotabato City on August 5 killed eight (8) people, including a child and injured 29 bystanders. Although reports say its main target was Cotabato City Administrator lawyer Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, many Cotabato residents cannot help but be wary of the consequences as military and police authorities mount an investigation.
 

Yesterday, another bomb exploded in Midsayap, North Cotabato at 3:00 in the morning, though no casualties were reported.


Zarate said he is “suspiciously disturbed of the timing of this latest series of bombings” in Mindanao, occurring as it has in the heels of the August 2 US State Department warning about possible terrorist threats from Al-Qaeda network against US interests in Middle East and North Africa.

Even more disturbing is the fact that soon after the US State Department advisory, a supposed video of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri circulated in the media, accusing the US government of orchestrating the overthrow of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt.

Zarate believes that as a consequence of the advisory, local authorities will again direct their investigations on Moro communities in Mindanao that suspect of harbouring alleged terrorist cells. In the past, this kind of operation has led to the rounding up and detention of innocent Moro civilians as well as heightened military operations in Moro communities.

“It is disheartening to note that while the Muslims anticipate the feast of the Eid’l Fitr, the thought of them being the subjects of military and police operation, being made the ‘usual suspects’, also hangs in the air,” said Zarate.

Zarate also calls for the revival of the citizen-led truth commission, similar to the Mindanao Truth Commission (MTC) that probed the series of terror bombings in Mindanao in 2003. The MTC investigations then pointed out to the alleged complicities of then Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes and former military intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Victor Corpus in the Mindanao bombings.

The MTC probe, which lasted for 10 months, obtained testimonies from the victims and several witnesses, including some junior military officers who were privy to an alleged classified Operation Plan of the Defense Department that involved terror bombings in different parts of Mindanao.

In relation to the ongoing deliberations of the proposed national budget in the House of Representatives, Zarate said that he may move to call for a zero budget for the DND “if there is evidence showing that it is, directly or indirectly, complicit in this latest wave of terror bombings in Mindanao.”. ###

 

     
     
           
     
     
     
     
 
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